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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Holidays )

TomCat
- 326 days ago - politicsplus.org
My Memorial Day Greeting to you all.



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Darren Woolsey (57)
Monday May 27, 2013, 3:18 am
Happy Memorial Day!
 

jeanne schreurs (185)
Monday May 27, 2013, 3:32 am
I would like to know: What's Happy at a memorail day for the fallen soldiers???
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Monday May 27, 2013, 3:44 am
For Memorial Day we went to the National Veterans Art Museum.
 

Autumn S. (138)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:11 am
Happy Memorial Day !
 

Christeen Anderson (420)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:24 am
This is a great post. Never forget-
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:42 am
Hope you had a Happy Memorial Day Tom :)
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:50 am
thanks Tom, happy Memorial Day!!
 

pam w. (187)
Monday May 27, 2013, 6:17 am
I wouldn't say that this is ever a "happy" holiday for me. My father was killed serving in the U.S. Navy....he was only 32 years old, loved flying and used to say he would rather die in his plane than any other way.

I'm proud of him and his service.....but it was a hugely negative factor in my life. Remember that, for everyone who died in service....there is a grieving family left to carry on.

 

Pat A. (117)
Monday May 27, 2013, 6:27 am
God bless all those who gave their lives and their health to preserve our way of life; God bless them all, animal and human; please remember their families too who have to cope under very difficult circumstances. Amen.
 

Chris C. (131)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:21 am
God bless & keep ALL veterans...human and animal - and their families.
 

Dotti Lydon (118)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:23 am
There are several Holidays that are preceded by Happy. To say Happy Valentines Day is good. HAPPY Memorial Day, not so much. It is a day of remembrance and honoring those who served for us to enjoy our freedoms.
 

David C. (29)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:31 am
same to you TC and all the others!
 

Dave C. (204)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:40 am
I always have thought it should be Remember Memorial Day rather than Happy.....
 

Dave C. (204)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:41 am
in honor of all those who gave the greatest sacrifice......and the ones who love(d) and miss(ed) them.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:52 am

I happen to agree there is nothing happy about a day to remember the fallen, those who gave all in the belief that those left behind would bring about a better, stronger concept of freedom.

I'm glad those wonderful idealist can not see what we have done with that simple concept.
 

PennyAWAY B. (122)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:55 am
Remembering all the servicemen, women and animals who gave their lives for our freedom. Thanks Tom.
 

Patricia H. (470)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:13 am
Happy Memorial Day
 

Terrie Williams (753)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:46 am
To all those who are getting ready to enjoy a day of Bar-B-Que and potato salad, baked beans and all the trimmings with their families and friends.....I hope they take at least one moment of their valueable party time to remember the men, women and K-9 service dogs who gave their lives so that they can enjoy their get-together. This is not a happy day for anyone whose family members sacrificed their all in any war or 'police action' over the decades. This should be a day of remembering and less partying.....but that is only this Marine Brat's opinion. :)
 

Mandi T. (419)
Monday May 27, 2013, 10:50 am
Celebrate Memorial Day with thoughts and prayers for our fallen and now serving troops.
 

linda newman (2338)
Monday May 27, 2013, 10:53 am
Bless the Veterans
 

Pat B. (351)
Monday May 27, 2013, 10:54 am
Just got back from two cemetery functions for our Fallen, and Veterans who are still present. I still get emotional when I hear 'Taps". Thanks, Tom.
 

Elizabeth M. (63)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:28 am
Remembering All The Service Men and Women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their Country and to those that still serve. Thank You!

Thank you for this post...and I so agree with you about wars!!!
 

Winn Adams (178)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:34 pm
Never forget . . . .
 

Joanne Dixon (34)
Monday May 27, 2013, 1:10 pm
Not on PBS yet, due to be repeated here this Thursday at 9:30 eastern, and I cannot say how well worth seeing this is nor understand why anyone would fail to watch, every year.
http://video.unctv.org/video/2365005758

As of now all that is on is the preview.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:30 pm
Noted.
 

. (0)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:59 pm
Happy Memorial Day to you too, Tomcat. I had a great day. Mom and Dad left early to play tennis, so I had the house to myself today and noted a bunch of old stories and then went for a walk and talked to Byron, the guy that works at the farm next door, and the taco lady came over with a late breakfast for them.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:09 pm
Why not Happy? It is for the Politicians and Industrialists who sent others to do their fighting whilst staying home themselves to enjoy the profits and pleasures. It's hell being a skeptic..
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:28 pm
I'm very glad that a lot of others said what I've been feeling. Be it the cute little comments added to the profile pages or general greetings.

There is nothing Happy about Memorial Day.

That's why it's called M-e-m-o-r-i-a-l Day!

Memorial Day is to be commemorated, not celebrated. Many people are without a loved one, nothing happy about that.

Memorial Day is supposed to be a day of quiet reflection, remembrance, tribute and honoring those who have given their lives in service.

Let me repeat that ... they gave their LIVES.
 

James Maynard (62)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:52 pm
Happy Memorial Day is one of those anachronisms
jeanne s. I guess you could be happy you are alive
and "free" to celebrate those who paid the ultimate
price for your freedom.

I usually simply give a silent thanks to my brothers
and sisters in arms who are no longer with us and
the fact we all were willing to defend our liberties.

I would be "Happy" to "Memorialize" the end of all
wars and hostilites.
 

Edith B. (141)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:22 pm
I spend Memorial day decorating the graves of family members. It is never a happy day, but rather a day of remembrance.
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Monday May 27, 2013, 10:53 pm
AMEN!!!!! And let us not forget the animal warriors that also serve!
 

John Gregoire (248)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 5:44 am
Thanks to all the men, women and critters who have died serving our country. Concur that "happy" wishes are very inappropriate as our political comments. We honor those who made the commitement to serve our country and gave the ultimate goft for all of our benefit. they didn't get to choose the conflict nor the venue but did their duty in an honorable fashion. Vets have another day as do others who have died as we all do eventually.
 

David C. (29)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 9:30 am
I was reading about this and this was in the comments.........
but my own thanks go to anyone who has served their country honourably. When I visit Arlington Cemetery, it doesn't indicate on the grave stones whether someone was a conservative or a liberal, white or black, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or atheist, or whether they died heroically in battle....
I cannot say it any better.
 

TomCat S. (285)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 1:44 am
Those who said that Happy is an inappropriate greeting for Memorial Day, when I'm wrong, I say so, and I apologize. I went with popular convention and did not thing through to the deeper meaning. The LAST thing I ever intended to imply is that this is a happy time for those who have lost a loved one in the service.
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 6:22 am
Thank you Tom, I appreciate your last comment. This is one of the things I value about C2 is learning from each other. I've tweaked my thinking since I've joined C2 on certain things, I've learned information I was unaware of so has broadened my outlook in many ways.

I think C2 allows us to enhance ourselves as individuals, to question the many things that we were brought up with, that we hardly give thought to, it is conditioning.

Our consumer society has tried to put a "happy" spin on everything, hey be happy, buy more____________fill in the blank, hot dogs, grills, beer, to be happy, while we forget that wars have serious consequences. That's not what they want us to think about, that is why we don't see the images on TV much of the war zones, or coffins coming off the airplanes.

So we need to take days such as Memorial Day and truly be reflective of why this day exists. What it truly represents, that someone GAVE their life. If we contemplate more on that rather than a fun day at the beach or an excuse to drink, or know it as the day to launch summer, then maybe just maybe the thinking might segway as to why we need to be in war after war, which might in turn lead to fewer people having to give the ultimate sacrifice.

As John Trudell has stated, words have power, and sometimes we need to take the power back of the original intent behind the date set aside, words of happy and memorial to not belong together, we need to focus on memorial, to
feel that, even if it does hurt, because we must realize, war does indeed hurt.



 

TomCat S. (285)
Friday May 31, 2013, 3:50 am
Thanks Sheryl. It was pretty obvious to me that I had screwed the pooch on that one, and I'm not ashamed to admit it when I'm wrong. I see mistakes not as shameful, but as opportunities to grow.
 
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